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noun sympathy pronunciation in American English /ˈsɪmpəθi/
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] a natural feeling of kindness and understanding that you have for someone who is experiencing something very unpleasant
    The movie describes, with considerable sympathy, the problems faced by economic migrants.
    It’s his own fault, so he’s not getting any sympathy from me.
    have/feel sympathy (for): We all have great sympathy for the victims of the flood.
  2. 2
    [uncountable] agreement with, or support of, a group, idea, plan, etc.
    sympathy with/for: Do you have any sympathy with his point of view?
    be out of/in sympathy with someone/something: The school should be entirely in sympathy with these aims.
    Darwin himself had little sympathy for these ideas.
    1. a.


      [plural] support or approval for ideas, beliefs, or people
      journalists with left-wing sympathies
      someone’s sympathies lie with someone: Their sympathies automatically lay with Britain’s enemies.



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